At 36 I woke up. Until then, my focus was on the drive to achieve success as a builder and investor. Then one question changed my focus. What do I want to be remembered for?
Maybe you haven’t really thought about this yet.
Look around and then look inside. The frantic pace of life and business leave many unexamined lives. Instead we need to learn to find our mission in life. Once that mission in life is discovered a whole new focus will emerge. Do you know your personal mission in life? We all want our life to count.
In planning, the best place to begin is at the end. Imagine your funeral. What are people saying about you? You still have time to shape that conversation. If you don’t think about this question, it will cost you – for eternity. Picture your life like a dollar bill, how do you want to spend it?
At 6 years old, I asked my dad, “What happens when I die?” Later in life, I began wrestling with the questions that linger, like “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose in life?” But, it’s hard to make sense of this life if you don’t have an answer to that six year old’s question. I’ve since realized that my purpose is based on the belief that my life has everlasting implications.
What’s your purpose in life? The Purpose Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies because so many of us want to know why we’re here and what we’re supposed to do with this life. Where are we headed? It’s a question mankind has been grappling with since the beginning of time.
There is a shortage of energy in our lives…..personal energy.
“I’m so busy! Stressed! Tired! ” – does that sound like some of your friends?
Maybe even you?!
For many people, work is stressful, time is limited and there’s always an endless list of things we think we should be doing. Countless emails, interruptions, distractions and decisions; it’s hard to get our work done. Often the first thing to be dropped is you! The things you do to keep healthy can suffer. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
In the Bible, Paul us teaches that all growth is – spiritual growth. Growing to become more like Jesus Christ!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
As it relates to our health, self-control is the hardest part of personal growth.
The Power Of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz says that managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance and personal renewal. This resource, helps you learn how to mange your own energy to have better health. Avoid a personal energy crisis.
Do you believe ‘all roads lead to heaven’? How about ‘good people go to heaven’?
A recent poll suggests that on a worldwide basis, 80% of people believe in a god. They say it doesn’t matter which god you worship, as long as you believe in a god. Most people are afraid of death and believe that everybody spends forever somewhere. Many of them believe that where you spend eternity is based on our good deeds on earth. This of course raises the question of – how good is good enough?
Have you found yourself wondering the same thing? Good people go to heaven, right? At first, this seems logical. However, many people, even Christians haven’t thought it through. They aren’t sure! Some Christians I know, when asked if they are assured of their salvation (going to heaven) say things like “I sure hope so”, or “I don’t really know.” Many people wonder “what is salvation”? Or they wonder about assurance of their salvation.
Most of us have used a GPS – so we know about the importance of the destination input. If you want to get where you want – you need to know where you want to go and follow the path! I’ve met many people who work at a job that offers security, opportunity for advancement, or lots of money. Many of them drag themselves to work each day and it ends up being something they dread. They had a burning passion to do something they loved, but for whatever reason, did not follow that dream. My good friend, Mike, works in ‘high tech’. He often asked if he could work with me. From an early age, all he wanted to do was build houses. For a variety of reasons, he has not ended up where he expected, nor intended. He lost direction in life.
Why is it that good intentioned, smart people, with admirable life goals, often are not where they intended, they’re not reaching their goals? Why is it that many people with a clear idea direction in life end up far from their intended destination? Has this happened to you in one area of your life?
First in the series, Destinations then in his book The Principle of the Path, author Andy Stanley talks about how to get from where you are, to where you want to be. We have all lost direction in life in one area for a period of time.
Have you figured out how to find work you love? Recently, Forbes magazine reported up to 70% of Americans hate their jobs.
Like most people, I have experienced jobs that were less than engaging for me. I’ve been an infantryman, commercial fisherman, laborer, bricklayer and carpenter. Then I was blessed to find work I love. First as an entrepreneur home builder with our company Land Ark Homes. Now as a blogger.
We often imagine finding work we love but do you know what to look for?
Picture yourself getting paid to do something that thrills you. That you are good at. That society values. When you find work you love, it shows.
“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”
Your balance sheet tells some of your story. Are you trying to provide for a family? Earn as much as you can? Save as much as you can? Give as much as you can? Be financially “free?”
Here’s what I consider the most important: Are your finances ‘balanced?’
Regardless of your goals, where do you get direction for how you make all of your financial decisions? What is the one objective that guides your overall personal finances? Do you have a focus that can steer all your financial decisions?
I meet people all the time who say that money is the source of most of their stress. They lack balance for themselves and their balance sheet shows it.